Andrew Eynon’s Library Blog

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Using ICT to support the Continuing Professional Development of library staff

Posted by andrewey on November 21, 2008

As part of the Applications of ICT in Librariescourse, students look at how they can use ICT, web 2.0 and internet resources to support their continuing professional development (CPD) in the library & information sector.

The e-resources they evaluate can be grouped as followed (with some examples I’ve selected):

Discussion lists

Most of these in the UK use part of JISC mail. These lists invite you to sign up. You will then be automatically sent all e-mails sent to the list.

Many lists are sector specific eg for public libraries. Others will have cross sector appeal eg information literacy. Some lists will be closed (eg CoFHE and CoLRiC lists for FE) to members only.

 Professional websites

 Museums Libraries & Archives council(MLA) – information for library and museum staff in England

 Museums, Archives, Libraries Wales(CyMAL) –  includes details of free CPD activities for library and museum staff in Wales

 Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals(CILIP) – includes details on professional qualifcations and professional groups

 CILIP Cymru – details of professional activities in Wales 

 School Library Association – support school librarians and school library services

Information Literacy Website– website of the CILIP Information Literacy Group (actually a sub-group of the Community Services Group)

 Blogs

CILIP Bloggers– blogs selected by CILIP, part of the CILIP Communities web pages

UK library blogs– wiki of blogs by librarians in the UK

UKOLN cultural heritage blogs directory – links to blogs in the Museums, archives and libraries sectors

Online professional journals

Most of these have free online access to all or part of their journal

Wales Current Awareness Bulletin – professional updating service for library staff in Wales

Y Ddolen– CILIP Cymru magazine

CyMAL – magazine produced by CyMAL for museum, archive and library staff in Wales 

CILIP Update – leading UK library journal

Many CILIP groups e.g. Branch and Mobile Libraries group, CoFHE, Youth Libraries Group etc publish their journals on the web – see group pages on the CILIP website.

Journal of Information Literacy

Panlibus– library journal produced by Talis

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of CPD websites, if you’d like to recommend others please leave a comment.

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